Is there a way to get through to someone at a higher level in customer service than the general line?
I was a former Verizon customer who went to AT&T. Verizon solicited ME back to their service with a promotion that has not been applied to my account for over 4 months. I confirmed with Sales that I was eligible when I signed up, and then a multitude of employees since.
The last rep I spoke to, Joshua, made all the same promises as the other near dozen—that he would be the one to fix the problem and get back to me. He even gave me his direct email. When I questioned him, he promised he would not “ghost” me and the call was on a recorded line. But like all the others who promised to reach out (including Toni, Sharonda, Tyler, Ryan, and Jesse) including the original salesman, Kenneth, his replies were all customer service speak and failed to follow through.
I’m now locked into a contract at a rate I haven’t agreed to and seem to have no recourse or ability to get a useful reply from the Verizon CS team. All over an offer VERIZON solicited to ME.
I’ve wasted many hours chasing this down in the last months. What is my recourse to getting this resolved and who can I speak to who can find me resolution?
I had the same issue with FIOS after I modified my service. In fact some of the service rep names you cited are familiar. It took 5+ months to straighten out my billing. Verizon did adjust my bill each month, but I had to call and make a fuss. When my issue was not addressed after the first call, I started keeping a log of each conversation (including the problem ticket # they gave me.) The reps themselves were polite, professional and it seemed that they wanted to fix the problem, but were not in a position to do so. All they could do was apply the billing adjustment and log the problem (it seems the resolution was in a backend system/department they could not change.) I repeatably asked to escalate the issue, but from my perspective that never happened. I threatened to cancel my service and became increasingly irrate with each call. Verizon also had a log of all my calls.
Finally, the issue was fixed. I am not sure if it was the persistent calls I made or there was just a big backlog of problems that took that amount of time to correct. I never received an explanation. I am recently retired and have the time to sit on the phone with Verizon - if I were working or was caring for small children, I would not have been able to spend the amount of time I did.
Verizon needs to better manage customer expectations. After each call, I thought the problem was finally going to be resolved; each time it was not, I was disappointed. If it is going to take 5 months to fix - say so. If a promise is made to fix an issue and it is not fixed, let the cutomer kmow and provide a realistic time frame. If Verizon is not going to enable their service reps to resolve issues, they also need to establish an escalation procedure so that the customer's issues are heard and they know what is being done to resolve the issue.
Thank you for sharing your experience—it does sound similar to mine. While I’m sorry you went through it, I’m at least a little relieved to hear it’s not just me. I guess I’ll just need to continue to press Verizon and CS for resolution and document along the way.